Local CSG protestors fired up north

CSG protestors outside the LNG Ltd AGM last week. Photo by Goba.
CSG protestors outside the LNG Ltd AGM last week. Photo by Goba.

Local anti-gas groups joined together in Brisbane last week outside the Sofitel to target the AGM of gas company LNG Ltd and an anti-CSG convoy has now taken the protest to Gladstone Harbour.

Boudicca Cerese from Kyogle Group Against Gas said the protestors wanted to show that people in northern NSW did not support CSG mining, or the construction of pipeline to transport gas to Gladstone for export.

"In the last five weeks the company LNG Ltd has increased its share in gas company Metgasco from around 5% to over 10%," she said. "This company has plans to build a LNG export facility at Fisherman's Landing in Gladstone and is hoping to secure 1.5 million tonnes per annum of gas from the Northern Rivers to supply it.

"A subsidiary of CNPC, the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation, which is state-owned and the largest oil and gas company in China, holds a 20% majority share in LNG Ltd, so gas from our region may well be bound for China should this deal go ahead."

The convoy in Gladstone began its protest by approaching the Gladstone Ports Corporation, where they met with the CEO to raise concerns about dredging of the harbour and threats to marine life.

Meanwhile, back down our way Ballina Shire Council has followed Lismore City Council's lead and recently passed a motion that all CSG related issues come before the Council.

"Given the concerns about the environment and social impacts of CSG in our region, it's important that any approaches to Ballina Shire Council from mining companies be reported to Council," councillor Jeff Johnson said.

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